Monday, May 26, 2008

How To Get Airplay On One Of My Shows

All submissions are welcomed and will be seriously considered for inclusion on future shows. Nothing can be returned. Due to the large volume of materials received, confirmation of receipt of materials and confirmation of airplay cannot be made. I also cannot provide comments or an analysis of your music. Unfortunately, there isn't enough time in the day for me to listen to everybody's mp3 files. I already have stacks of CDs waiting to be heard. Do NOT email files. You'll have to decide for yourself if your music fits the format of any of my shows. These are the cruel realities I've had to face. Show descriptions are in the signature below.

To learn if your submission has been aired, you should periodically check the Playlists or request to have them emailed to you if you don't already see them on one of the mailing lists where I post such things. I also post all my playlists in a blog. Please visit .

Remember, BEFORE YOU SEND ANYTHING, please examine my playlists to see what I tend to play. I don't want you to waste your precious resources, so please don't send something that I don't play (thrash, rap, or dance music, for example). ALWAYS match what you send to a show's format or ethos.

Send your package to WDIY and/or WMUH and/or me. Please be sure to tell me which address you use. Anything sent to a station will go into that station's library for use only at that station. You must tell me if you send to a station so I know where to look for your package. Anything sent to me will go into my personal library for use only on my appropriate shows at either station. Your best bet to get on one of my shows the fastest is to send your CDs directly to me. They get into my hands *MUCH* faster and it gives me plenty of time to preview your music. If your music is appropriate to other shows, then you might wish to send to the stations.

I can NOT download your music or burn CDRs for you and I can NOT use compressed files. Neither WDIY nor WMUH provide the means to play files. You must supply a full fidelity (uncompressed) audio CD or CDR. Other formats, such as Vinyl, cassette, and DAT are acceptable but they are less friendly than CDs.

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Bill Fox
P.O. Box 632
Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064-0632
USA
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WDIY FM
301 Broadway
Bethlehem PA 18015
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WMUH
Box 2806
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA 18104
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Please be aware that CD and CD-R in regular sized jewel cases are considered to be the most radio-friendly formats at this time. CD players are much easier to use than any other format. Anything that doesn't fit into my CD travel case, which holds standard sized jewel cases, is difficult to bring to the station. Jewel cases also provide a spine that is large enough to see the CD artist and title when I'm trying to find something stored with hundreds of other CDs. Any other packaging style is likely to receive less airplay than something in a jewel case. The most important items to include on the artwork include:

A numbered track listing that shows the running time of each track.
A clear indication of the release's artist.
A clear indication of the release's title.
Contact information.
Want to maximize your CD's airplay? A few more tips you might want to follow are at:
http://soundscapes.us/afterglow/tips.html

Long tracks are not easy to excerpt unless you subdivide them into more than one index number. A CD that has one 50 minute track is not going to get as much airplay as multiple tracks that total 50 minutes. The tracks can run together with continuous sound but now DJs have *easy* access to more than just the beginning of the piece.

All submissions are always greatly appreciated. But please do yourself a favor and study the various sections of all my radio web sites first, then decide if your music really fits in with the show's format.

I play Progressive Rock on two shows, eclectic mix on two shows, and EM on two shows, spread across three shows on two radio stations in the Lehigh Valley. Please be sure to leave a note in the package you send to specify which show(s) here you want to target your music. Your support is most appreciated.

Cheers,

Bill - http://soundscapes.us/bill - http://myspace.com/billfox

Host of Afterglow every Thursday at 8:00 am EST (GMT-5) on WMUH Allentown 91.7 FM.
Phase 1: Mixed bag of acoustic, electric, pop, New Age, or whatever strikes my fancy.
Phase 2: Progressive rock from past masters to contemporary releases.
Web Site: http://soundscapes.us/afterglow
MySpace: http://myspace.com/afterglowonwmuh
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=165135512316
(*Playlists are also published in MySpace blogs and announced on a number of Facebook walls.)

Host of Thought Radio, the Saturday edition of the AM/FM Show every other Saturday at 6:00 am EST (GMT-5) on WMUH Allentown 91.7 FM.
Phase 1: Electronic, ambient, and space music.
Phase 2: Mixed bag of acoustic, electric, pop, New Age, or whatever strikes my fancy.
Phase 3: Progressive rock from past masters to contemporary releases.
Web Site: http://soundscapes.us/amfm
MySpace: http://myspace.com/thoughtradio
(*Playlists are also published in MySpace blogs and announced on a number of Facebook walls.)

Host of Galactic Travels, an electronic, ambient, and space music show, Thursdays at 11:04 pm EST (GMT-5) on WDIY 88.1 FM in Allentown and Bethlehem and 93.9 FM in Easton and Phillipsburg, and on 93.7 FM in Trexlertown and Fogelsville.
Galactic Travels web site: http://galactictravels.info
MySpace: http://myspace.com/galactictravels
Facebook: http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=95658555829
RSS News Feed: http://soundscapes.us/gt/rss/enews.xml (*Playlists are published here, too.)
Podcasts: http://soundscapes.us/gt/rss/gt.xml

Playlists for all shows are also published at http://billfox.blogspot.com
RSS (2.0) feed from http://billfox.blogspot.com/rss.xml
Atom (0.3) feed from http://billfox.blogspot.com/atom.xml
(*Playlists are also published in MySpace blogs and announced on a number of Facebook walls.)

Listen on-line to WDIY at http://wdiy.org and click the appropriate link in the Now Playing box.

Listen on-line to WMUH at http://www.muhlenberg.edu/wmuh and click the LISTEN TO WMUH LIVE link or go directly to: http://www.muhlenberg.edu/wmuh/stream.html

The progdj list is the central clearing house for radio playlists of Progressive Rock programs. Tired of joining dozens of mailing lists to post playlists or track airplay? The progdj list solves that problem.

The progdj list is the place to go in order to see playlists and CD and concert reviews by DJs of progressive rock-friendly radio programs. Anyone interested in seeing playlists can join. There is NO SPAM because I keep the spammers out before the members ever see any hint of it.

The progdj list is for DJs (obviously!) and band members, record label personnel, promoters, managers, and anyone else interested in seeing what gets played on the air. Need to find who is playing prog on the radio? Go to the progdj list.

To join, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/progdj and click on the [Join This Group!] link.

1 comment:

Ultra Music Man said...

The link to listen to WDIY has changed to:
http://war.str3am.com:7880/listen.pls